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This rattle was one of my youngest daughters first toys and we bought it when we were expecting her along with a few other beginner toys, the rattle cost about £6 and is meant for babies ages 3 months to 24 months although my daughter is only 20 months and we have long since got rid of this toy as she was no longer interested in it.
The rattle is made of hard colourful plastic and I have seen a number of different colourways, there is a sphere shape in the middle with two spheres coming from this and then a see through plastic ring coming out of the main sphere whivch contains tiny coloured beads inside and has two coloured hoops to move from one side to another on the ring. Our rattle was mainly white, green and orange in colour which I don't think is the nicest combination however when we bought it I wasn;t aware there were other colours available.
Each sphere of the rattle can be turned round and round and will make clicking sounds to reward baby and then the beads flow from side to side inside the ring also making a noise and of course the hoops flow from side to side too making more noises. The spheres are all textured to give each bit a different feel for your baby so this rattle provides different noises, bright colours and teaxtures all in one. On the bottom of one of the sphere there is a push button and this gives baby a squeaking sound although I think my daughter was about 7 months before she had the strength to push this herself although she always liked it when someone else squeaked it for her.
My daughter used to love this rattle, once she was big enough she would use the see through ring to hold it steady and she loved when people twisted and squeaked it for her, we use to use this rattle for her to follow too as to begin with the doctors weren't happy with her tracking but she would follow this rattle happily. My daughter was about 6 months before she realised that parts of the toy would move and about 7 months before she was able to squeak the toy herself, she enjoyed playing with the rattle and chewed happily on it whilst teething too. I don't think this toy would amuse a baby up to 24 months old and I would say my daughter stopped playing with this by the time she was about 11 months just in time to be cleared out for her birthday. This is a simple toy that provides amusement for babies however watch out for them hitting themselves with it as it is made from hard plastic and we did end up with a few tears.
Logan received this Chicco Twist and Turn toy as a gift from friends when he was born 22 months ago. It wasn't a toy he had much use out of and so was relegated to a basket of toys we keep in his room, where he doesn't play so often. When Ruby was about five months old I had a good sort through the basket to find the toys for her age group, this one is for 3 months plus.
The main body of the toy is two halves of a sphere, one is two tone green with embossed circular lines and the 'Chicco' brand stamped on it and the other blue with little protruding bumps evenly spaced all over. Together they are about the same size of a plum (the larger spanish variety!). There is quite a thick, curved rim around the adjoining centre and when the halves are twisted in opposite direction it makes a clicking sound.
From the top of the green half comes a clear tube, it resembles a handle and the tube is thin enough for small hands to grip. There are alternating orange and yellow beads in the tube which roll around in the tube and 'disappear' inside the green body. Two hoops circle this handle / tube, one yellow and one orange, both are embossed, the orange with a wavy line and the yellow with a line of little bumps.
Coming off the blue half of the sphere are two other spherical 'legs' one is yellow with an orange plastic end with a bobbly texture which can be pressed in and makes a squeeking noise, the other is half red and half clear, with some opaque red and yellow beads inside which rattle off a mirrored surface. Both these 'legs' also can be twisted and make the clicking sound.
Over all, all the plastic is very good quality, it's shiny and looks good as new, aside from the handle, which has a few scatches and teeth marks. It's easy to clean with a damp cloth or dettol wipe. The toy feels like it has been made well and I have no concerns about it breaking or coming apart.
The colours are lovely and bright, very eye catching and there is a lot on offer to catch your childs interest, such as the moving beads, the clicking, squeeky and rattling sounds, the movable parts and the textures of the bumps and lines all over the toy.
My main problem with this toy is that it's quite bulky and smaller babies find it difficult to grasp anything but the handle / tube. This means they may be able to shake it, but with the bulkiness of the hard platic, they are quite likely to hurt themselves. Ruby is teething and will chew anything, but the only thing any where near mouth size is the handle, but the plastic is too hard and hurts her tender gums. By the time any child has enough co-ordination and big enough hands with the dexterity to twist the legs or main body, they will have moved on to more interesting toys, such as easy jigsaws and Lego Duplo, which is why I think Logan never really took to it.
That all said, Ruby does enjoy this toy to a small extent. She's only six months so can't manage anything but to hold it at the moment, but for some reason, whenever I twist it and it makes the clicking noise she starts to laugh! I know this will probably be a short lived means of entertainment, but for now it's worth it to hear her cute little giggle.
Priced at a reasonable £4.99 (Amazon) it's a good quality toy and nice to look at, but personally I think the bulky shape makes it difficult for the age range it's directed at to be able to play with it effectively.